SparkPeople Tops Pals Team Messageboard Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) PALS from across the U.S.A. with a common goal of support, encouragement and weight loss. SparkPeople Tops Pals Team Messageboard Team Chatter 2015 This team has been pretty inactive for some time, but I would love to see it revived. I know there are some other TOPS teams here on SparkPeople and some of them are more active (or at least they used to be) but most have too many topics going for me to keep up. I prefer a smaller team with a few topics and regular posts so that I can feel like I get to know the other members. I don't have time to post on multiple threads each day for each team I belong to, but I do try to post at least a ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:01:59 EST Holiday Survival This team has been pretty inactive for a while and I have even considered asking that it be shut down due to lack of activity, but let's see if we can get some participation going again! <BR> <BR> The holidays are here. That often means we are surrounded by all kinds of high calorie foods at various family and other social gatherings, making it harder than usual for anyone trying to eat healthy to stay on track. Where I work, at this time of year someone is always bringing in some kind of ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:36:27 EST TOPS Pals- discontinue the team or keep it going? This team was never particularly active since I have been a part of it, but there used to be a small group of us who posted pretty regularly. Over the last year or two it seems to have become less and less active. In recent months I have seen very few posts on here and usually only from two or three people. Is it because people are busy and when the cold weather months arrive and things slow down for many of us we will see more activity here or is it that people have lost interest in the t... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:37:31 EST Walk to Reno 1995 miles rounded off 2000 <BR> <BR> <BR> 2000/miles today/miles left <BR> <BR> track your miles to Reno here for IRD 2015 Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:56:28 EST WELCOME TO TOPS PALS <em>235</em> I see we have a few new members <BR> <BR> I like to welcome you to the team and to TOPS if you are new to tops. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 07:24:25 EST I'm Back Again! Hello everyone, <BR> A two years ago I tried coming back and contribute to the team. It didn't seem to work! Health issues just wouldn't give me time for my SP pals along with all my other commitments to TOPS. I believe I have it down pat so I can get the much needed extra support from all of you. I have missed everyone. <BR> <BR> I had a wake-up call and I'm getting myself back on track. I know my weight is in the morbid obese category on all BMI charts. Well I went to the doctor last month... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:42:32 EST SPRING AHEAD ....SUMMER ...YEAH runs to April 27th Here is a challenge for spring starts on Monday February 24th and runs until April 27th <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> Earn a red rose for each 1 pound lost <BR> <em>134</em> turtles for turtles <BR> <em>311</em> Post type of exercise you do Earn a <em>48</em> thumbs up if you do 30 min or more a day. <BR> <em>190</em> post fruits and vegies , you eat <em>387</em> earn a computer screen for trackiong food each week will change what you post. <BR> <em>146</em> yellow rose for l... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:07:49 EST Loosing Streak Challenge Here's a little challenge for anyone who wants to start a little momentum going by stringing together a series of losses. Let's see who can string together the most losses without breaking it. Whoever wants to join in is more than welcome and let's begin starting the first weigh-in of February! <em>129</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:03:31 EST New to TOPS Hi, I am new to TOPS but not to SP although I have not been on SP for a very long time. I have a question about TOPS. I went to my first meeting last week and was not very impressed. There was 4 members there and 4 new members including me. There was a very excited lady there taking our names and telling us that we could but didn't have to present a program in the future. Finally, the program began and this same woman read us an article on preventing cancer. There was no discussion she ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:10:49 EST 2014 CHATTER ROOM I thought with the new year we should have a new chatter tread. <BR> <BR> Liven things up a bit maybe get some of those hiding to post. <BR> <BR> anyways I had a cold or something but better now. it is below zero here in Minnnesota,. <BR> I been journaling. but need to find my dvd and wii games so I can get my exercise started. I packed them as I am moving in February. planning on doing a blog soon too. <BR> <BR> we can reach our goals one step one day one meal one exercise at a time. ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:00:47 EST January 2014 challenge This will be a 4 week challenge any one can join. <BR> Any one can join anytime just that it lasts only 4 weeks <BR> <BR> 1. Weigh in Weekly and report it <BR> 2. Make up a SMART GOAL and post it and how you are doing with it each week <BR> 3. Cheer on a member or assist if needed <BR> <BR> MY GOAL IS _________________________________ <BR> to make it smart <BR> <BR> Specific ______________ <BR> Measurable ________________ <BR> Attainable __________________ <BR> Realistic __________... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:03:04 EST Goals by week by month by day or by year not resolutions but Mini Goals <BR> <BR> I am going to post weekly but also my yearly <BR> <BR> YEARLY..... To reach KOPS <BR> for rest of 2013 I will stay under 200 maintaining <BR> <BR> Monthly....... To exercise, plan menus, portion control <BR> <BR> Daily ...... Journal, drink water, walk, exercise plan plan plan <BR> <BR> I will start monthly and daily in January Sun, 8 Dec 2013 08:37:17 EST 2014 Weigh in My weigh in days are Wednesdays <BR> <BR> Starting wt <BR> January 8, 2014- Sun, 8 Dec 2013 08:32:17 EST Challenge ? <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>274</em> <em>195</em> <em>192</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> How about a challenge? <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in virtual walking from Bev's Black Friday to Beverly's. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>274</em> <em>195</em> <em>192</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:22:59 EST Twitter and/or Facebook Randy's Twitter <link> </link> <BR> Randy's Facebook <link> </link> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 20:23:31 EST Back to an old Spark Name ... same old me.... Don't want to confuse everyone but I changed my name. <BR> <BR> This is the name I used or a similar one when I started Sparking. <BR> <BR> I was Tadziowv --- Tadzio is a little boys name from a book by Thomas Mann --- Death in Venus. Just loved the name. <BR> <BR> It's always been part of my email address and various screen names --- just hit me today that I wanted to go back to it here too. Maybe it will bring me luck !!! <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:57:50 EST November Challenge- Fit2Feast I saw this idea this morning on SP and thought it would make a great November challenge. The idea is to commit to a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise EVERY day until Thanksgiving- in preparation for the (ONE DAY) feast we may be indulging in. Let's commit to at least 10 minutes of exercise every day for the month of November, including Thanksgiving Day. Post your daily exercise here, as well as telling us how many days you have met the challenge so far. Feel free to start now if you wish ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:18:26 EST Favorite Fall Activities What are your favorite fall activities? It might be a type of physical activity you enjoy in the fall or maybe you have some family traditions that take place in the fall- pumpkin carving with the grandkids has become an annual event in our house. Share your favorite fall activities here. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:44:30 EST Holiday Survival October is here, and that marks the beginning of a tough season for many of us who are trying to control our weight. The days get shorter (or at least the hours of daylight are less), making it harder to make time for outdoor exercise. Every time we make a trip to the store we are faced with loads of Halloween candy, followed by all the goodies associated with the holidays. Then there are the famly gatherings, office parties, etc., and those usually include lots of temptations. How do you... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:40:34 EST (blank form) save your's here for easy access <em>227</em> <em>195</em> <em>227</em> <em>195</em> <em>227</em> <em>195</em> <em>227</em> <em>195</em> <em>227</em> <BR> I'd like to see this one keep clean so we have an easy place to cut and paste the journal. Everyone could put the copy here that they want to use though :) I"m using this one :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=2131x15103x<BR>54713329 </link> <BR> <BR> Did I pre-plan? <BR> Did I Jou... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:48:42 EST Be a KOPS at end of 2013 or beyond. I want to be a KOPS at end of this year. or at least the beginning of 2014. I have about 20lb -25 lb to lose. there are 4 months left. I can do this if I stay on track. so I am starting this challenge. anyone wanting to join may do so. ******PLEASE COPY AND PASTE****** EDIT EACH DAY YOU POST****** <BR> <BR> Journaling daily <BR> Tracking either calories or exchanges <BR> Exercise besides walking <BR> Walking daily <BR> Strenghth get some in each week <BR> Water aim for 8-10 glasses ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:13:29 EST Hello everyone ... Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I'm a soon-to-be member of TOPS. I was a member of a wonderful TOPS group several years ago, but unfortunately it was shut down due to lack of membership. I'm visiting a new chapter today that is about sixty miles from my home, but I'm determined to make the long drive every week if it will help me reach my goals. <BR> <BR> A little about myself: I've been married nineteen years to my best friend, and we have two boys (ages 16 and 12). I'm a work-a... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:00:05 EST Article about my area Captain <link><BR>.UgfD5AQtb94.facebook </link> <BR> <BR> Jo has adopted me as her "IBIY" pal ...... I Believe In You! <BR> <BR> She sends me little "believe"cards .... I get little packages at times with different items that say believe -- I now have something from her in each room in my sight --- that says she believes I too can achieve my weight loss goals. <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:22:32 EST MILES WALKED OR EXERCISE LET SEE HOW MANY MLES OF WALKING, EXERCISING WE CAN GET BY IRD 2014. YOU CAN CONVERT YOUR STEPS OR MINUTES OF EXERCISE INTO MILES. <BR> <BR> POST YOUR EXERCISE THEN TEAM TOTAL <BR> <BR> MY EXERCISE MIN <BR> MY STEPS <BR> TOTAL MILES <BR> TEAM MILES <BR> <BR> I HOPE EVERYONE PARTICAPATES Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:53:55 EST I need support... ....please I lost my KOPS status last night; I've been "fooling" myself too long......a little more of this, a little more of that, and one more cookie won't hurt! Yes, I've let the outside stresses of life get to me. Without going into personal details of the past 4 months, the 7# that got me out of leeway took me out of KOPS. I could throw in the towel, but I'm not! I've got to move more, get rid of the stuff that calls my name and get my self-control back! Any thoughts of inspiration for me......... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:05:19 EST T.G.I.F <em>386</em> <em>274</em> <em>216</em> <em>341</em> <em>218</em> <em>386</em> <BR> The <BR> Good <BR> Ideas <BR> Forum <BR> <em>386</em> <em>274</em> <em>216</em> <em>341</em> <em>218</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> I know I've had some folks share with me about being in a slump .. not where they want to be. <BR> <BR> How many of us let down our guard a little on the weekends? <BR> <BR> Push ourselves a little less when it comes to exercise. <BR> <BR> Let's enco... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:24:00 EST WV SRD We recently had our WV SRD. <BR> <BR> I wanted to share that a friend of mine and Area Captain Jo Cooper <BR> received her 3 Century Medallion this year. <BR> <BR> She may be the only one currently in TOPS with 3. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share -- she's such an inspiration. <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:04:04 EST Just like a bad penny or check....... Hey TOPS Pals! <BR> <BR> You know me I'm like that bad penny -- I make my way around. <BR> <BR> or a bad check --- bouncing here and there. <BR> <BR> I was literally about ready to drop everything but the weight. I was still going to my TOPS Chapter meetings. Still treasure but just not into it. <BR> <BR> I think part of it was depression --- part losing my Mom -- be a year next Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Anyway -- I'm feeling good. <BR> <BR> Doing pretty good -- still have been losing the ... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:39:51 EST Your mood..... .emoticon it!! <em>30</em> Sun, 5 May 2013 09:46:47 EST May Fitness Minutes Challenge Let's see if we can get some of our team members posting again. For those who wish to participate, we will be doing a fitness minutes challenge for the month of May. All you need to do is get off the couch and do some kind of physical activity, then log your minutes here. Just copy the chart below and edit it each time you wish to add more minutes. Please be sure you have entered all your minutes for the previous week (which ends on Saturday) by Monday evening so that I can tally the results... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:28:07 EST The new TOPS book.......REAL LIFE....... We just got our new books Monday night; our leader put in an was $18.00, which included the $1.00 for shipping, and it is a plethora of knowledge and a lot of colorful pages. About a month ago or so, it was advertised in the TOPS news (magazine) a one time special price, and it is worth beyond the $18.00 (regularly $39.95)! I hope you have it! If not, maybe you can order it through your chapter or go to <link> </link> Oh, yes, it is spiral bound too, making ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:33:37 EST roll call with emotion I thought if we get to st least post an emotion knowing you wan you were here reading <BR> It makes others feel better about it <BR> <BR> <em>382</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:10:38 EST Recognition Do other chapters do monthly recognition... ie Months Best Loser, KOPS in Leeway, MR or MS Positive etc? I am going to be takin on Co-Leader Position and are trying to think of things to Boost Moral and Motivate my Chapter. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:59:21 EST TAG .... DO MY EXERCISE AND POST ONE FOR THE NEXT PERSON <BR> <BR> WALL PUSH UPS TEN TIMES Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:03:09 EST STAY IN BLACK ..OR TURTLE I am going to work on staying in black <BR> I will exercise 3+ a week and journal my food. <BR> <BR> Any one want to try too? <BR> <BR> 2/27- 192.8 Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:58:39 EST Goals for 2013 What goals are you working on and how are you progressing <BR> They need not be weight goals <BR> Mine is to get through papers that have kept for years <BR> An another is to get photographs in albums <BR> Wish me luck <BR> One task at a time Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:40:38 EST Positive Posts Post anything positive about yourself, your family, your neighborhood, the world <BR> We all keep positive items in our lives <BR> One day at a time Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:37:52 EST Re introduce yourself to the team My name is Bernice <BR> Been a member of TOPS going into my sixth year <BR> Have been a former member in three different chapters over the years <BR> Now take one day at a time <BR> Married DH has alzheimers and am him main caregiver <BR> We have five children nine grands and three greats <BR> Happy and contented with our lives <BR> Have Faith Hope and Love <BR> One Day At A Time Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:34:42 EST Power Words Post a powerful meaninful word for you in your journey <BR> Will start with mine----- <BR> <BR> <BR> Determination Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:29:36 EST A--Z Seven letter words----one letter for each day of the week <BR> Sometimes we may need to be creative Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:24:10 EST Two Words Change One Pick two words next person changes one Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:20:05 EST Share Tops Program Topics What program was given at you TOPS meeting recently Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:09:23 EST Healthy Thoughts What keeps you eating, exercising and striving toward your goal <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:06:39 EST Motivational Readings What keeps you going one more day <BR> Give credit to the author if there is one Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:04:49 EST Wheel Numbers Spin of the Wheel plus the bonus <BR> Total number of points <BR> What level are you at Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:03:33 EST Favorite Day of the past week and Why Did you have a great day what happened <BR> Be specific Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:01:47 EST Weigh In 2013 Post your weely weigh in losses <em>30</em> or gains <em>46</em> here <BR> Best wishes to everyone Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:24:19 EST Hello My name is Kevin. I'm from TOPS MA 240 in Abington MA. I just became a KOPS after 1 year and a 101 pound loss. I joined Sparkpeople 10 or 11 months ago. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 21:26:57 EST MONTHLY STEPS OR EXERCISE MINUTES I DONT WANT TO START A NEW TREAD EACH MONTH SO I WILL START USING THIS ONE BUT ALSO WILL POST MY DAILY PLAN <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:35:25 EST New Hello everyone, my name is Pat and I am new to TOPS. I went to my first meeting last Tuesday night. Pretty excited to get started. I was doing weight watchers, but I guess I need to change to counting calories etc. I have done that as well. I am interested in doing the food exchange. I will be glad to get my membership number to get into the member section online. I want to see the items they have to offer. I am looking forward to walking this journey with each of you.... One Day At A ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 15:26:12 EST AUGUST EXERCISE OR/AND STEPS STARTING THIS CHALLENGE FOR AUGUST AS IT WILL FALL INTO EVERYONE FALL RALLY CONTEST <BR> <BR> <BR> EXERCISE MINUTES FOR TODAY <BR> STEPS TODAY <BR> <BR> TOTAL MINUTES FOR WEEK <BR> TOTAL MINUTES FOR MONTH OF AUGUST <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 13:45:44 EST Fruit and Veggie Challenge I have been thinking about doing this for a while, but after reading Bernice's (MAYBER) post tonight asking about more games I decided this was a good time to do it. There was a fruit and veggie challenge in a recent TOPS News. My chapter and another chapter recently did it as a contest between our two chapters. All you need to do is try to eat at least one fruit or vegetable that begins with each letter of the alphabet during the month of August. For each letter, tell us what fruit or veg... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:19:16 EST Share your chapter program or contest ideas here Many of us struggle to come up with fun and interesting ideas for chapter programs or contests. Let's share some of our ideas or some things our chapters have tried that went over well. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:58:36 EST Graduated at SRD yesterday!! Port Huron, MI!! IT was sooooooo awesome and to hear inspirational storiestoo, and the gal that made queen got rid of 214# in less than 2 years.......with no surgical procedure!! It was a great great day!!! It was very motivating day too!! Sun, 20 May 2012 10:22:35 EST I'm Back! Well after being away from here for 6 very long months, I feel I can finally come back and participate in conversations and such. I have missed you all alot. Let me fill you in on what I've been going through and still am struggling with... <BR> <BR> Sept 11th I was sitting at a clambake and all of a sudden had pain and swelling behind my right knee. By the time I got home (driving) I could hardly get out of the car. In the middle of the night I got up to go to the bathroom and I could not p... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:22:04 EST Happy St Patrick's Day (weekend) <em>110</em> <em>70</em> <em>70</em> <em>110</em> <em>70</em> <em>110</em> <em>70</em> <em>70</em> <em>110</em> <em>70</em> <em>110</em> <em>70</em> <em>70</em> <em>110</em> <em>70</em> <em>70</em> <em>110</em> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:59:03 EST TOPS Hi. I joined TOPS in November and have lost 15 pounds so far! I'm looking for on-line support and have been a member of Spark for a couple of years so thought I would look here. So glad I found this team! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 10:08:31 EST TOPS Calendar - March 2012 <em>411</em> <em>137</em> <em>411</em> <em>441</em> <em>411</em> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Strength Body and Spirit with Volunteer Work <BR> <BR> We all know that volunteering helps others, but did you know it also can help improve their health? <BR> <BR> BENEFITS ABOUND: Experts say that volunteering is good for people of all ages. Benefits include higher self-esteem and a greater sense of well-being. Volunteering may boost physical health, too. Rese... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:20:47 EST Power word for the day Motivation Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:04:10 EST Lent who is giving up or creating new habits for lent <BR> <BR> My plan is to give up candy cookies and sweets <BR> <BR> exercise at curves or dvd <BR> <BR> journal and measure and to cut 100 calories by doing them <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:44:04 EST Something to Remember When You Are Feeling Down Get Off the Scale <BR> Whether weight is a "problem" in your life or it's some other single factor, this can apply to everyone. Never forget it! <BR> <BR> You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance. <BR> <BR> Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have ye... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:39:50 EST 7 days to go Seven Days To Go <BR> (Change the days to suit your meeting) <BR> <BR> MONDAY evening, 8:30 P.M. <BR> That piece of cake I saved is near; <BR> One big slice, I have no fear; <BR> Besides no pounds will ever show; <BR> I've got seven days to go. <BR> TUESDAY - A day of shopping, to the mall we go For a burger special, <BR> it's cheaper you know. I'll walk it off, I have no fear; <BR> Six days to go, no weigh-in near! <BR> WEDNESDAY - I think I'll skip my tuna lunch, a ham sandwich i... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:05:29 EST SparkFunnies I've been around for sometime now and just found out about these today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Spark Cartoons Thu, 9 Feb 2012 21:41:28 EST cute little video -- had to share <link><BR>zYAd4& feature=player_embedded </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> {{{if dessert items are a weakness -- please don't watch --- there's one little item through out the video -- but it so cute and I laughed several times!}}} Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:10:34 EST Spewing rice cooker I'm so proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I have a rice cooker that I just love. Well -- love it --- accept for cooking brown rice. <BR> <BR> When I cooked brown rice -- bubbles spew out of the lid and the steam vent. I tried finding solutions online -- NOTHING. Tried several things at home -- towels --- different amounts of water etc. <BR> <BR> Well I found a solution that works for me and it's worked 2 or 3 times. <BR> <BR> I put the rice and water in the pot. Then placed the steamer tray on to... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:09:49 EST Interesting Articles thought it would be nice to have a place to recommend articles <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 11:51:08 EST Healthy Habits Streaking Let's start streaking! No, I am not talking about running naked (that would sure be a sight if I did that!). I am talking about Spark Streaks- consecutive days that we have accomplished a task. Choose one habit you would like to work on. Share it here with everyone and then keep us posted as to how many days you have accomplished it. They say it takes 21 days of doing something before it becomes a habit. Let's create some healthy habits by using Spark Streaks. Next month, if you feel y... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 19:34:24 EST Why should I join TOPS??? I am thinking about joining my local TOPS, tell me the good and bad about TOPS Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:26:23 EST STOP --- PUT THAT CANDY DOWN !!! <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>421</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Put that candy down -- get it out of the house --- give it away --- take it to work. <BR> <BR> Yes there are a few folks that can have a piece of candy. And I'm not saying swear off. But if you're like me -- the candy bowl calls to me. Then when I have a piece -- that piece calls it's little friends. <BR> <BR> So if you had left-over candy get rid or you kids got an over abundance -- get it out of sight... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:31:00 EST STUFFING SANTA'S SACK CONTEST RULES FOR CONTEST: <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> Start contest on October 24, 2011 - End contest the last week of December on your weigh-in day. <BR> <BR> POINTS TO BE EARNED: <BR> <BR> 1 trinket for keeping a food diary all week. <BR> 1 trinket for weight loss <BR> 0 trinket for turtle but no penalty <BR> -1 trinket for gain plus you must award a Christmas trinket to each of the other members IF they had a loss for the week. <BR> 1 trinket for meeting water drinking goal of at least 6 - 8 oz. ... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:20:15 EST Washington Post -- workout at work <link><BR>l/health/workout-at-work/?hpid=z9 </link> <BR> <BR> My health program through my insurance posted this on their blog. <BR> <BR> click on each of the "people" icons to get the description of the exercise. <BR> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 12:04:58 EST Newbie Hi, my name is Debbie and I joined TOPS (again) last Tuesday. I joined 5 years ago, but didn't attend long. I attend TOPS in Elverson, PA. I have don't have a dr set goal yet, but my goal is to lose 135lbs. I live in Coatesville, Pa with my husband of 26 yrs. Our children are 23, 24 and 26. I look forward to getting to know you all. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 20:03:42 EST Hi From Baton Rouge I belong to TOPS LA 0312 and I am starting over after an illness and the medication involved worked against my weight loss goals. Sat, 4 Jun 2011 19:36:26 EST TOPSNews June 2011 open discussion I took my issue to the gym with me this evening and read while on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> I think Barb Cady's message is very inspiring! <BR> <BR> The Decoding Dietary Guidelines -- very informative and I think helped me understand things a little better. <BR> <BR> I also really liked the article on page 10 -- Medical Feature: Food Addiction - A Real Thing? <BR> There's a list of 7 things that I want to jot down on a card -- and when confronted with food issues/thoughts -- I want ... Mon, 23 May 2011 21:38:06 EST i am ready hello everyone my name is elise i am a mother 4 i will be married for 15 yrs this sept. I live in mexico but am from kansas. I need to loose 100lbs i want to loose as much as i can by sept Sun, 24 Apr 2011 16:57:17 EST Express Yourself with an Emoticon! <em>217</em> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:29:25 EST NEWEST ISSUE OF TOPS MAGAZINE.. ...ARTICLE Julie Rogier, one of our members wrote an article....on page 50 of the newest and the title is even on the front cover.....a 10 year detour!!! This gal rejoined us in Nov. and has gotten rid of over 30# so far...and only 6# till goal!!! I'm so proud of her and wanted to share it.....#1177, Rochester Hills, MI!! Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:54:01 EST Eating out this weekend - why not plan ahead! <link><BR>y/NutritionCenter/DiningOut/Tips-by-Cu<BR>isine_UCM_308333_Article.jsp </link> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:47:34 EST Recipes by season <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I visited a friends blog (sorry not SP and doesn't have the calories). But I love the concept of arranging recipes by season. <BR> <BR> It definitely got my mind going -- wondering if there are cook books set-up that way. <BR> <BR> I have a wonderful cookbook at home that I want to really get to using. It's arranged alphabetically by vegetable or fruit. Lots of recipes for say ... carrots, asparagus. Will get the name tonight and ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:23:46 EST Let's discuss veggies-- favorites and ways to cook Love broccoli - steamed -- just a touch of butter <BR> <BR> ASPARAGUS -- another favorite -- steamed as well -- sprinkle of lemon juice or touch of butter. In the summer also brush with EVOO and sprinkle with a variety of Mrs. Dash and put in the grill --- {{{making my mouth water thinking about them!}}} <BR> <BR> Brussels sprouts another fav. <BR> <BR> This year I've really been fixing a lot of spaghetti squash -- microwave in a shallow dish with some water --- rake out and butter sligh... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:59:51 EST Mini Goals .... rewards <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>321</em> <em>149</em> <em>205</em> <em>208</em> <em>440</em> <em>107</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> I'm curious if anyone routinely creates mini-goals. <BR> <BR> Also does anyone assign rewards to there goals. <BR> <BR> I'm terrible about rewarding myself. I don't know sometimes I think it's because --- meeting the goal to me is kind of rewarding. I'm on another team that is always suggesting assigning rewards. A lot of things I read tell of the... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 15:44:52 EST Biggest Loser Season 11 Does anyone else watch BIGGEST LOSER ?? <BR> <BR> I haven't always been a fan of the show. <BR> <BR> First, I'd like them to leave everyone on the show--- see who is the biggest loser without voting people off or ganging up on other members or teams. <BR> <BR> Second, I probably doesn't fit with TOPS (taking off pounds SENSIBLY. <BR> <BR> But I find it somewhat inspiring. This season seems to be off to a good start. <BR> <BR> I have also committed to NOT eating after the show star... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:33:12 EST Greetings from Spring, Texas New TOPS Member. I signed up online in November and went to my first local chapter meeting last night. Great to see you here on SparkPeople. <BR> I am a member of (TOPS TX 1432)as of last night and had my first Weigh In. <BR> <BR> Visit my spark page and invite me to be your friend. Looking forward to losing and winning with you. <BR> <BR> Make It A Great Day, Everyday! <BR> David <em>213</em> Fri, 7 Jan 2011 08:55:17 EST Program or Contest Ideas to Share I just read a great post from Christine (MEARTH1961) on another forum about an excellent program she is planning on presenting at her chapter. Hopefully she will share it here too, but it made me think that maybe we should have a new topic for everyone to share their program or contest ideas. It doesn't matter if you were the one who had the idea or if it was a program or contest someone else did that you liked. Either way, please share it. If you were not the one who came up with it, try... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:41:45 EST Newbie Hi Tops pals from where the trail meets the lake,aka clinton,mo. I am small but mighty u might say (as short as I am round!)lolz Ready for some fun and serious challenges!! I need to lose a few pounds or get tall lolz. Since that will not come to past weight it is!! T. Sat, 20 Nov 2010 23:09:55 EST Glad I joined - New Member in Syracuse Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to the SP site and there is so much content, I'm still a little overwhelmed. I am a member of TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) in Syracuse. We have a wonderful group and they have helped me so much. Since joining them last year, I have lost about 20 pounds. I was actually down about 28, but have managed to gain some of it back. Although our meetings are a great inspiration and a huge help to me, I really needed something to keep me on track daily. Luck... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 14:15:16 EST Fund raising opportunities Our Kroger Grocery store offers a "debit" or gift card. We buy the card from the Outreach committee at church for $10. It's loaded with $10 at the time. When I go to the store I go to the customer service counter and "load" the gift card with money. I usually do this each payday. It's kind of a neat way to "budget" for groceries as well. <BR> <BR> The Church's Outreach program receives a certain percentage of the money put on those cards. For me it's the closest grocery store -- and where I ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 14:35:24 EST October Goals A new month is here and that means it is time to re-evaluate our goals. If you set some goals for September, how did you do with them? You might want to keep working on the same ones or maybe you need to set some new ones- or make changes to the ones you set last month. Remember, SMART goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Do your goals meet this criteria? Fri, 1 Oct 2010 18:07:32 EST September Goals Today marks the beginning of a new month. What are your goals for the month? You might set a goal for weight loss, for exercise, or a goal to create a new healthy habit. Whatever your goals are, share them with us and then keep us updated throughout the month on how you are doing. Wed, 1 Sep 2010 05:46:12 EST Ask for help ..... Offer help ..... Console .etc.. I don't know if anyone else needs a thread like this or not. <BR> <BR> But I feel like I do. <BR> <BR> I keep starting and restarting. I know that I just keep trying -- it's not always a "restart". <BR> <BR> But at times I feel like the old dieting days. I'll start again tomorrow. In trouble by noon ???? <BR> <BR> Start over on Monday -- this time it's IT! But it's not. <BR> <BR> I had a good run when I first got really active on Sparkpeople. I've lost about 75 pounds -- tha... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:11:00 EST Exercise is a key to weight loss A healthy lifestyle includes regular, sensible physical exercise. How much exercise is right for you? That's a decision that you should make in consultation with your physician. But make no mistake: if you sincerely desire to be a thoughtful caretaker of the body that has be given to you, exercise is important. <BR> <BR> Once you begin a regular exercise program, you'll discover that the benefits to you are not only physical but also psychological. Regular exercise allows you to build yo... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 17:59:24 EST A healthy thought Take a few minutes to examine your eating habits. Do you gobble down snack foods while watching television? If so, stop. Do you drink high calorie soft drinks or feast on unhealthy snacks like potato chips or candy? If so, you're doing yourself a disservice! Do you load up your plate and then feel obligated to eat every last bite? If so, it's time to form some new habits. Poor eating habits are well established, so they won't be easy to change, but change them you must if you want to enjoy th... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 22:29:08 EST TOPS Links -- chapter, region, state.... Does anyone's chapter have websites? <BR> <BR> Or Regional or State TOPS websites.. <BR> <BR> <BR> Post your link here....... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 21:10:31 EST Facebook Link -- anyone want to share :) <link>!/randy.m<BR>ccoy </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If someone wants to copy their link to this area: <BR> <BR> Log into Facebook <BR> <BR> click Profile <BR> <BR> and think copy the link in the address bar (I use "right click" copy. <BR> <BR> Then reply to this message and click "add link". <BR> <BR> "right click again in the add link and chose "paste". <BR> <BR> R:) Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:16:20 EST Greetings from Member of Tops CT 51 Hi My name is Karen and I'm not new to TOPS but am relatively new to Sparkpeople (since 3/10). I've lost 85 pounds so far with my awesome TOPS chapter and serve as assistant weight recorder. I've been a member of TOPS off and on for twenty years but this is the first time everything clicked for me. I'm finally getting a handle on emotional eating with the help of my chapter and this website. Anyoner else from CT? Weigh in is tonight and I'm excited that I started a new exercise program and... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 08:16:08 EST a Re-newbie I guess Hello TOPS Pals, <BR> <BR> I've struggled, faltered, stumbled ..... <BR> <BR> I've done just about everything but I'm still not a quitter. <BR> <BR> I did leave TOPS for about 2 months -- thought I'd try another weight loss group the Big Ws (not to mention any names). <BR> <BR> I went back to TOPS 2 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I went to a different chapter. This chapter meets on Thursday (the night I'm used to) and is 1/2 mile from me instead of 6-8 miles from me. <BR> <BR> I don't like th... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 14:16:01 EST NY SRD & TOR I'm totally and utterly exhausted from the 4 days I spent in Saratoga so I can't begin to imagine how wiped out Candy must be, since she was involved with the event as a presenter, as a participant, as an AC award winner, and I'm sure the list is longer than that since it seems like a pretty major undertaking to hold something of the size and scope of SRD! <BR> THANK YOU CANDY!!! <BR> <BR> Believe me I was completely FLOORED when Barb came up and asked "Christine?...Mearth on SP!? I never ex... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 13:00:00 EST Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope everyone has a great weekend. This usually is the kick-off to the summer and all the picnics, bbq's and parties, so let's all start off with making healthy choices and not letting the fun derail our efforts!.....and remember to honor a Veteran, either past or current...they deserve our support and gratitude! Fri, 28 May 2010 16:38:01 EST ARD Had a good time and learned some great stuff at ARD in Peoria, IL. Barb Cady was there and she is a wonderful speaker and motivator. Anybody else attend? Sun, 23 May 2010 15:47:21 EST Another Newbie Hi Iam Sandra and just joined TOPS 2 weeks ago. I was with WW for years but the leaders never stayed more than 2 weeks got tired of having new leaders and my last one was not for the people only herself so my neighbor is a TOPS leader and asked me to join so here I am. Sat, 1 May 2010 11:33:19 EST Loss tonight So excited...had a 2 1/2 lb loss. I wasn't sure how it was going to go, because I did not have my blood pressure medicine and thought I might have had some water retention. Didn't... Now, I just have to keep the momentum going...Thanks for your encouraging thoughts...Really appreciated!!! You all are the best! <BR> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 22:30:35 EST Anyone going to the Area Nortern Californ aTOPDays I am new on this site. I am going to the TOPS Northern California area recognition days 9--11 in San Ramon, Ca. <BR> I was hoping to connect with others that are going there. <BR> ~Mary Wed, 7 Apr 2010 14:40:25 EST Friends!!! I love my Spark friends and TOPS friends!!! You are all wonderful. Keep up the great work!! Let's make 2010 our year to win!!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to all!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>243</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 23:44:47 EST CUT AND BURN CHALLENGE I was just wondering how everyone is doing with the Cut and Burn Challenge Barb has going for us? <BR> What is your chapter doing to cut and burn? Have you done a contest with Cut and Burn? Do you have an cool ideas that you would like to share about cut and burn? <BR> My chapter from Lebanon Ohio is pumped about cutting and burning!!!! Would love to hear how others are doing. <BR> Today I will measure my coffee creamer instead of pouring it in. I got up at 4am to be at he gym at 5am when t... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 06:53:46 EST Weigh-in AGAIN! Haven't weighed in since December 10th. Am NOT wanting to go back this Thursday. I have started eating better (again) and drinking my water <em>194</em> ...The plan is to get up early and start exercising to a Leslie Sansone or Biggest Loser DVD in the morning and maybe every other evening. I need to get motiavated: <BR> 1. To lose weight <BR> 2. To get my blood sugars where they need to be. <BR> 3. To feel better about myself. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions and encouragement...GLADLY... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 22:05:38 EST 3 POUND A MONTH CHALLENGE! Well, I'll just start a thread here and see if we can have some fun with this challenge. Let's just pick our starting date and see if we can loose at least three pounds in the month of January!! <BR> <BR> We will set up the "rules" to say that if everyone who joins the challenge is successful in loosing their three pounds for the month that we will all give ourselves a special "reward of our choosing". It will be fun to disclose what our rewards are after we have earned them. If anyone ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 12:35:02 EST New to tops team but not to TOPS I joined TOPS #298 here in Houston in August. In October I won the Biggest Loser for the month. On the 23rd I am the leader for the meeting. <BR> <BR> I still have a lot of weight to lose. <BR> <BR> Becky Thu, 19 Nov 2009 06:43:16 EST New to the TOPS team Hi, <BR> My name is Brenda and I am new to this team. I have been a member of TOPS for a couple of years, but have not lost but maybe 15 pounds. After our area Fun Day last Saturday, I became more motivated than I have ever been. So, I decided to look for some extra support on Sparkpeople and found this TOPS Team. How great is that! I am happy to be here and will report my weigh-in that take place on Fridays. <BR> Thanks for being here TOPS Pals. Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:56:37 EST Hello! I'm new. I am married 17 yrs now. Used to be in pretty great shape. I need to get back to the way I used to be. Sadly I know everything I should be doing I just simply need motivation. (doesn't everyone) I have 2 beautiful daughters. They inspired me to get back in shape. Thank you for reading my entry. I hope you have a terrific day! Sat, 17 Oct 2009 16:33:38 EST wondering how does the area captain position work? I have been a member of TOPS since 1996. <BR> <BR> I have served as Leader, Co-leader, weight recorder, asst wr. I know my area captain, but it seems to be a secret as to how it works. <BR> <BR> She comes to chapter once a year, gives a program, no better than the ones our members do and we buy her dinner, pay for her gas and wait til she wants to come again. Our chapter was organized in 1978....we have had lots of members over that time..probably 15 core members and our treasurer is a ch... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 01:16:24 EST Help Need some advise, I have a leader that seems to be overwhelmed. What can I do to ease the load? <BR> <BR> * updated I think things are running smoothly now. Thu, 9 Jul 2009 12:19:06 EST 10 Commandments of Weight Loss <BR> <BR> current weight: 227.0 <BR> <BR> 260 235 210 185 <BR> 160 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> LORIKB <BR> Posts: 10,226 <BR> 7/1/09 2:43 P <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The 10 Commandments of Weight Loss <BR> <BR> Are you finding yourself wanting to lose weight? Make small, gradual, <BR> realistic changes that will build upon one another, creating a healthier <BR> future. Start today by reviewing these strategies to help you control your <BR> wei... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 14:51:56 EST 30 minutes or more per day of physical activity We all know that we need to eat less and move more to lose weight, but some of us struggle with adding physical activity to our day. Let's all try to get some type of activity in every day, whether it be strength training or some form of cardio. Check in here every day and tell us what you did for the day. If you are not already active, aim for 30 minutes per day, either in one session or broken up into several. You may need to work your way up to 30 minutes if you are inactive now. If y... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 05:42:22 EST Use an emoticon to tell us how you feel It is Sunday afternoon June 21th and I feel: <em>250</em> Sun, 21 Jun 2009 15:41:06 EST Tops is my Pal I'm here to lose weight and stay focused and go for king for tops. Fri, 12 Jun 2009 02:36:51 EST last week's weigh in----BAD I had a gain of 5 lbs and I don't know why...I drank water, exercised 3 days for 30 min. I did eat a few things that I shouldn't have...but not alot...I thought we could do anything in moderaton. Guess that's what I get for thinking. This weekend has not been that great either... Had a road trip yesterday (11 hours round trip) choices weren't bad, but not great. I am hoping to get exercise in everyday from now until Thursday. Wish me luck!!! Thanks for letting me vent!!! :) I know I wil... Sun, 17 May 2009 23:03:36 EST This Week's weigh-in <em>39</em> <BR> I had a 2 lb gain this week. Bummer. But I am not discouraged-I am human. I think part of it is that I worry about it too much. I need to be relaxed about it. Not careless, just relaxed. Portion control and drink water and exercise. I will get with it and I am not going to beat myself up. It happens. I will just move on from here. Any encouragement-greatly appreciated - AGAIN. Thanks to all! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 30 Apr 2009 22:42:45 EST introduction i am a 31 year old from wahington state, and i really enjoy going to my tops group.. but i have been struggling with my weight these past three weeks.. <BR> do you have any suggestions to help me get back on track.. <BR> lori juvik Sat, 25 Apr 2009 07:50:09 EST Weigh-in Tomorrow Feeling nervous about my weigh-in tomorrow night. I have been drinking water, writing everything down and exercising all but 1 day, but feeling like I have gained. Wish me luck tomorrow night, please!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Hugs to all!! Wed, 8 Apr 2009 22:55:51 EST New to the team Hi all. My name is Celia. I am new to this team. I am from Indiana. I joined TOPS in 2007 and lost about 15 lbs. Then stopped going in '08 because of scheduling (I was working two jobs and have a family) anyway, in '08 I lost about 5-10 lbs on my own. Decided I needed more support and encouragement, so I rejoined at the beginning of April. I have 3 3/4 lbs so far. Can't wait to hear from you and get advice and give some if ya need it. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all TOPS friends!!! Wed, 8 Apr 2009 22:27:13 EST New to TOPS Hi, my name is Sherry, I'm new to TOPS and to SparkPeople. I joined TOPS on Feb 26th and SparkPeople a week later. <BR> I live on a farm in the very corner of southeastern Idaho. I have a wonderful husband, three grown kids and 7 incredible grandkids. I enjoy photography and restoring old photos. <BR> In 2002 I lost 60 lbs. I maintained really well for the first few years, but two years ago I returned to my old job and unfortunately my old eating habits as well. Now I'm hoping to lose the 4... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 23:14:35 EST Honorarium Payments Do your chapters pay your Area Captains, who are volunteer field staff, when they come to your chapter to give talks and workshops? How about Regional Coordinators? We have given gas gift cards in the past to the Reg.Coord. and Area Coord, who are paid by TOPS,Inc, and they seemed surprised, but they drove from out of state so we thought it was appropriate. <BR> Just wondering what others do. Wed, 4 Mar 2009 22:03:48 EST What Would You Do? I know some of you will remember me sharing about --- the lady that I will call "R" instead of using her name. Even if she read it -- she wouldn't know it was her. She doesn't realize how negative she is. <BR> <BR> Below you will see what I wrote to Barb my Chapter Leader. <BR> <BR> And what she wrote back. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From me: <BR> WOW -- I can't believe how frustrated I became over "R"!!!! <BR> <BR> How as the chapter put up with her for so long. <BR> <BR> I called Ran... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 11:09:08 EST IRD 2009 - Orlando Here We Come! Just made my flight reservations for IRD. This will be my first IRD. I've always wanted to go but never have had anyone to go with. When I became an Area Captain last April, my coordinator and another coordinator from my state suggested I go with them. I have been planning this for almost a year and I can hardly wait! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone else going? Possibly we could meet up. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Candy Wed, 4 Feb 2009 12:09:09 EST I'm BAAAA-AAAACK! Hi TOPS Pals! I was on this board a while ago but after getting discouraged by all the drama in the TOPS group I belonged to I kind of quit on everything (meaning I also quit on myself) <BR> <BR> But I just joined a new TOPS Group (NY #776) Wednesday was my first weight in. I couldn't remember which group I had belonged to here on SP but Thanks to an e-mail from Indiacatz I've found you again! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm back and ready to focus on kicking this weight to the curb! <BR> <B... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 11:48:05 EST LOOKING FOR iNDIANA TOP MEMBERS Hopefully I can find some close Top member close to me. Thanks <em>148</em> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 07:22:15 EST WE WILL SHINE IN 2009! Here is a place for us to tell what our goals are for 2009, and what steps we plan to take to reach those goals. Report back periodically and tell us how you are doing, and feel free to modify your goals as needed. Tue, 30 Dec 2008 19:55:54 EST Hello TOPS pals across the country My name is Gail, I first joined TOPS in 1980, and came to within 2 pounds of my goal. I was sure I could handle it by myself and stopped going to meetings. I am sure you have all heard this story before, but the pounds came back and many more. It wasn't until I retired here in NC that I got serious about taking weight off for good. I am a grandmother of two great little boyys and want to be around for a long time for them.I am a leader of a Small TOPS group in NC. I started this group a cou... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:17:34 EST Just for Fun Although a bright and able man, my husband is almost completely helpless when faced with even the simplest domestic chore. <BR> <BR> One day, in exasperation, I pointed out to him that our friend, Betty, had taught her husband Frank to cook, sew and do laundry, and that if anything ever happened to Betty, Frank would be able to care for himself. <BR> <BR> Then I said, "What would you do if anything happened to me?" <BR> <BR> After considering that possibility for a moment, my husband sa... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 10:16:56 EST Time to Decorate the Tree <em>233</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> as you pop in to the thread -- post a Christmas tree and then add an emoticon to the tree -- anything you like. <BR> regular tree ... if you like the one above change the 233 to 118 Mon, 1 Dec 2008 15:29:55 EST question about TOPS meetings I recently joined TOPS, but am somewhat disappointed in the meetings. First of all, they have canceled twice due to snow and did not bother to tell me. I drove 30 minutes to get to the meeting and the doors were locked, no one there. Secondly, they always open the meeting with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Is that a requirement at meetings? Does everyone do that? I feel like that realy doesn't belong at a weight group support meeting because it excludes some people (no... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:26:40 EST my friend needs help My friend in Tops has COPD and cannot exercise. Any advice so my group can help her? Tue, 18 Nov 2008 23:41:31 EST Feeling ouchy Well I have been trying to walk for my exercise, and last week-end I went hiking on a nature preserve, and tripped over a tree root and went flying, The only thing that hurt was it seems like every bone in my body ached for days, Just starting to feel better and move better, when today I decided I would help my daughter clean her room, it looked like a tornado passed through it, stuff all over the floor, well dang it! I did something to my foot, same foot that I tripped myself up with, it is ... Sat, 25 Oct 2008 22:32:41 EST New Treasurer -- looking for tips or assistance I'm curious how Treasurer's track their monies. <BR> <BR> We've had some difficulties and are making a come back. <BR> <BR> I've taken the position and have been treasurer or other type groups. <BR> <BR> Do most of you use a ledger/paper, accounting software, or spreadsheet? <BR> <BR> Any assistance would greatly be appreciated. Thu, 23 Oct 2008 21:49:06 EST My goal for October....... is to lose 8 pounds ... I have 5 Thursday weigh-ins. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>244</em> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>303</em> Sun, 28 Sep 2008 23:05:26 EST President's Challenge Anyone taking the challenge walking from Chicago to Orlando? Our chapter got a late start but I think I will be able to make Indianapolis the first week in Sept. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 13:26:32 EST EXCHANGE SYSTEM ADVANTAGES OF THE FOOD EXCHANGE SYSTEM <BR> <BR> It outlines a system in which a wide selection of food options are included for versatility in planning. It provides a means by which to group foods with similar carbohydrate, protein, fat and calorie contents. <BR> <BR> It underscores important concepts for managing carbohydrate amounts, modification of fat intake, calorie control, and awareness of high-sodium foods. It assures that food choices from each group are varied and healthful. It... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 13:26:36 EST Just for Fun! The irate customer calling the newspaper offices, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was. <BR> <BR> "Ma'am," said the employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered til Sunday." <BR> <BR> There was quite a pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition. "So THAT'S why no one was in church today!" <BR> <em>288</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2008 16:08:39 EST New contest for my group I'm getting ready to start a new contest. It's kind of "Survivor" type contest. Everyone will start on an island. To stay on the island you have to lose or turtle. Gains leave the island -- unless for the first little while - one person that gains will be able to draw out a ball or something out of box that will give them immunity for that week. When we get to about 3 people immunity will end. I think it will be fun to see who can have the longest losing streak or at least staying... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:35:51 EST New team member Hi everyone my name is Kathy. Just found this team and thought it would be a great team to join. I've been going to TOPS since Sept.07. Have lost 40lbs so far and still have 40 more to go. Not totally happy about my group but it is getting better. The one thing I don't like is that we don't always follow the rules and it is more like a chat get together than a wt loss program. Me and one of the girls have decided we want to either push that we need to follow the rules and the bylaws or we mig... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 14:34:32 EST One pound per week challenge... Hi all! At Tops2Kops08 encouragement, I created a one pound per week weekly challenge. I have been off track for 2 weeks, so I was thrilled to read that Tops2Kops08 would like to have our group set a goal one week at a time, one pound at a time. <BR> Thanks Tops2Kops08! Sat, 31 May 2008 17:11:58 EST Slimmer Summer 2008! Hey folks, <BR> <BR> I know I need a big boost for the summer to help meet my personal goal. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone would be interested in some challenges or contests for the summer. Maybe we can get into summer with a bang! <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 May 2008 07:16:14 EST IRD - Anyone going?? I will be at IRD in Chicage and was wondering if anyone else from Spark would be there. I'd love to meet some Sparking TOPS! Wed, 14 May 2008 16:50:52 EST Bus to IRD Good morning! I am the new leader of #517, Peoria Heights, IL and we are trying to see if there is interest from around Illinois for renting a bus or van out of Peoria to go to Chicago for IRD. Please pass this on and contact me if you are interested. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Melanie (topsmouse) Thu, 3 Apr 2008 09:43:51 EST Happy Humpday everyone! Try to get out there and move it move it today we only have 3 days until the weekend! W00T! It might be tough if it's raining where you are like it is here, but I have been leaving a couple of cans and an 8 oz juice cup on my counter so whenever I go into my kitchen I do a few reps of arms exercises with the cans then drink a cup of water You are doing GREAT! Keep the spark burning! Wed, 19 Mar 2008 14:54:23 EST Introduce myself to the team Hi. My name is Sheilann and new to SP. I've been in Tops group since Jan of this year. I love it and all the women in my group! I want to lose 100lbs this year. Wed, 5 Mar 2008 15:40:04 EST Greetings from a new member Hello from Columbus OH. I am a SAHM of 3 beautiful children. I am a member of TOPS in Westerville OH with CarolOnyx as my leader. I have been on Sparkpeople for a little over a year, but just really started using all the tools last November. I have heart disease in my family and I am really trying to prevent it in myself by losing weight and getting healthy. I have been as low as 138 in the last 11 years and then as high as 245 (baby weight). I am currently at 208.4 and my biggest struggle is... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 08:10:38 EST Meeting Agenda?? What is you agenda for your meetings? Are you using the one from TOPS international that has the program in the beginning and the business meeting at the end? Our chapter is having some trouble with what we should be doing. <BR> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 16:50:17 EST Reasons to Lose I had my American Heart Association CPR course last night. It was a real eye opening experience. There 's a lot that has changed since I took CPR in '91. The focus is now almost completely on compressions. The course is very hands on and physically demanding. <BR> <BR> The two of us heavy ladies had a really hard time modifying our technique to do it right. It was difficult... so hard for me to spend two hours on my knees on the floor and to do the 30 compressions in 18 seconds repeatedly a... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 08:11:18 EST Introductory post Hello all! <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople, just joined this week. I've been a member of TOPS #OH341, Westerville since November 2004. I joined TOPS at a high of 244.5, and am currently 232.2... my goal weight in 140. <BR> <BR> I've been yo-yo'ing for the last year and a half, and I've decided to get off my butt, and start reducing it. So, I've been trying different things to kick start my motivation. I've joined a couple TOPS Teams now on SP. I'm looking forward to communicating with all of y... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 09:51:49 EST WEEKEND ACCOUNTABILITY AND CHALLENGES Okay TOPS Pals, you asked for it and here it is! Your weekend accountability thread. <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2008 03:47:17 EST Anyone have meeting "program" suggestions? My group is asking that I plan to do a couple programs for some upcoming meetings. <BR> <BR> I've thought about talking about fruits and vegetables and how I include several a day and try to vary the kind as much as possible. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have some favorite "programs" from one their meetings? <BR> Thu, 24 Jan 2008 15:24:27 EST information for everyone to use though everyone would like a place to read things that can help us obtain or weight loss. <BR> <BR> got this in my email it has some good ideas for i know sometimes I have a hard time doing protin control <BR> 4 Ways to Trim Servings <BR> Learn portion control <BR> All foods can be part of a healthy diet, if you eat them in the right amounts. But many of us don't know how big a single serving is — and the rest of us still "super size" it instead of sticking to a reasonable portion. How of... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 08:49:06 EST For today..... Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> This is weigh day! I think I've done well. <BR> <BR> But for today ... I will eat no more chocolate today. <BR> <BR> I've had 3 of the Treasures and 2 kisses ... it's not in my plan. I'm committing to this team -- no more for today. <BR> Randy Thu, 29 Nov 2007 10:41:40 EST TOPS PALS NEW HERE HI I DIDNT KNOW THIS SIGHT EXISTED ANYWAY I DO THE TOPS SPARKLERS AND WEIGH IN I HOPE I AM WELCOMED HERE I HAVE ONLY BEEN IN TOPS SINCE SEPTEMBER BUT I LOVE IT I WEIGH287 WE HAVE NOT HAD A MEETING IN 2 WEEKS I AM READY TO GET BACK I HOPE I GET A LOT OF ENCOURGMENT HERE LORD KNOWS I NEED IT I LIVE IN TN IT HAS BEEN NICE TODAY BUT THE COLDS A COMING I HAVE 4 MINI DASCHUNDS AND 2 SONS BEEM NARRIED FOR 28 YEARS TO THE SAME MAN ANYWAY HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON JAN Tue, 20 Nov 2007 17:48:27 EST Wishing well Pledge Contest Saw this on another tops site that I am on. I hope others will like it as much as me. The end of year is fast apporaching and lets see if we can make our end of year goals. <BR> <BR> Leslie sw 210.2 GW 198 Sun, 28 Oct 2007 09:56:27 EST Weigh in Report Went to my meeting last night and had a big gain of 3.6 lbs. I really tried hard while I was away this past weekend to the races to eat sensibly. I didn't drink much soda or alcohol and I ate loads of veggies. I walked forever and climbed tons of stairs. Hopefully my loss will show up next Wednesday... <BR> Have a great day. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Candy Thu, 25 Oct 2007 08:16:10 EST How about a no-gain streak? How about trying to see how long we can go with no gains? Each week when you weigh in with a loss or a turtle, post it here and tell us how many weeks it is. I expect I may have a gain tomorrow night, so I will have to try to start my streak next week, unless I get a pleasant surprise tomorrow. <BR> Bev Wed, 24 Oct 2007 17:51:44 EST Intro Hi my name is Leslie. I am from 323 MN champlin I am the weight recorder for my chapter. We have approx 12 memebers. including our 3 snow bird members. one member and me are planning on attending IRD. I just turn 50 this past summer so hoping I can get this weight off for good. lost 80 then gainned 30 back. so need to really get going. Tue, 23 Oct 2007 19:34:30 EST We are now a team Thanks for setting up the team, Mary! Hopefully everyone who was posting before will join the team. <BR> Bev Tue, 23 Oct 2007 19:12:41 EST